Can the blogosphere work as well as the traditional peer review system? Over the past two months one researcher has been trying to linkurl:find out.; Based on his and his publisher's early assessment of the experiment, using blog-based peer reviewing is only partially helpful, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported; today. The experiment was run by University of California, San Diego, communications professor Noah Wardrip-Fruin, who, with his editors at MIT Press, decided to solicit blog-based peer review of a book manuscript on studying video games with software and media-studies. Wardrip-Fruin received more than 400 comments over the eight weeks that he posted segments of the book. He told The Scientist in an Email that he is still writing up his own assessment of the experiment. At first glance, he added, he was surprised that the blog comments aligned with recommendations made by three peer-reviewers obtained by MIT Press. Wardrip-Fruin...
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